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Computing A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

You need to be interested in computers and how they work. For the programming unit, it helps if you are logical and enjoy problem solving.

Course content

What will I study?

Computing is the study of how computers work and how they can be programmed to carry out tasks. The AS course is split into two parts. In the theory part you will study hardware and software; the hardware covers the basic parts of the computer and input and output devices. You will also learn about data transmission and networks. In the practical part you will learn the stages of problem solving, leading on to the essentials of programming (including games programming) and how data is stored on a computer.

In the second year (A2) there is another theory module, which includes the study of operating systems, databases and computer architecture, as well as a practical project. In the project you will produce software and hardware solutions for a real customer.

How will I learn?

Computing is an academic course designed to develop students’ capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. You will learn through discussion, research, revision and problem solving tasks. The project is guided by a teacher and is very hands-on.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language and GCSE Maths grade B.

Assessment

In AS there are two exams. In A2 there is one exam and a programming project which is worked on throughout the year and is worth 20% of the final marks.

Future opportunities

Computing combines well with A levels in Mathematics, Physics, Accounting or any other scientific/mathematical discipline. Progression to any university course with Computing or Software Engineering in the title is possible, and Computing is regarded favourably by universities as a ‘difficult’ subject which teaches higher level problem solving skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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